Are you one of those people who gets up before the sun rises and starts working? Is the early evening, after the evening meal, your time to work? Or are you someone who prefers to wait until the quiet of the late night hours to do the really hard tasks? Everyone is different. Most research shows that tasks that take the most mental concentration are most effectively accomplished early in the day, but even these studies acknowledge that this is not always true, and that everyone has a “personal prime time.” When you plan your tasks, think about your own “prime time.” If you do your best work early, plan to do the routine tasks later in the day and concentrate on the more challenging tasks when you are at your best. If you don’t really get going until later, handle the routines in the morning and save the more difficult tasks for later.
Time management 2
Benefits of time management • Efficient • Successful • Healthy 2
Obstacles to effective time managementUnclear objectives DisorganizationInability to say “no” 3
Obstacles to effective time managementInterruptions More interruptions Periods of inactivity 4
Obstacles to effective time management Too many things at onceStress and fatigue All work and no play 5
What can we do?Recognize that obstacles exist Identify themEmploy strategies to overcome 6
Set goals•Specific•Measurable• Achievable• Realistic• Time-based 7